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donderdag 1 december 2016

Big Hairy News

13-year-old Tyler Wright hit the news this week. He won the record for the world's largest male afro.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • afro - hairstyle in which very curly hair is shaped into a smooth round ball
  • height - a measurement of how tall something is
  • width - the distance from one side of something to the other side
  • circumference - the length of a line that goes around something or that makes a circle or other round shape
  • outdo - do better than someone else
  • gasp - breathe in suddenly and loudly with your mouth open because of surprise or shock
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What inspired Tyler to grow his hair?

  2. What are the measurements of Tyler’s hair?

  3. Does Tyler wear the afro every day?

  4. According to Tyler how did winning the record change his life?









Fake News

Some say, fake news reports had a big influence on the presidential elections in the US. True or not, these days fake news is all over the news. Though actually, it has been around forever.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • snippet - a small piece of information or news
  • dodgy - false or dishonest
  • suss - suspicious; causing a feeling that something is wrong

Before you watch the video
  1. Discuss or write down what fake news is according to you.
Read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Name 2 or more reasons why people create fake news stories.

  2. In the video you can hear a lot of fake headlines. Name 3 of them.

  3. What actions are Facebook and Google planning against fake news postings?

  4. Repeat the three things you can do to spot fake news.

Extra writing excercise
1. Write three catchy fake news headlines.

Extra extra writing excercise
1. Pick a fake news headline from the video or one of your own.
2. Write a fake news report to the headline.

donderdag 24 november 2016

NoDAPL

Seven months ago, Sioux tribes set up camp at Standing Rock, North Dakota. And they’re still there. It all has to do with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The two Native American girls in the video describe what’s going on.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pipeline - line of connected pipes that are used for carrying liquids, such as oil, and gases over a long distance
  • significance - special, important meaning
  • compassionate - having or showing a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc.
  • sincere - honest, real and genuine
  • compromised - damaged, weakened or brought into danger
  • violate - ignore in an unfair or illegal way
  • treaty - an official agreement between two or more countries or groups
  • indigenous - living or existing naturally in a particular region

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What is the Dakota Pipeline?

  2. Why is Lake Oahe so important for the people living in North Dakota?

  3. What are these people afraid will happen to the lake?

  4. What is the special significance of the land surrounding the lake for these people?

  5. How do they call themselves?
    Why this name?

Extra reading and writing assigment
Make a timeline of the protests at Standing Rock.
Put your internet searching skills to work to find all relevant information!

Extra listening assigment
1. Listen to Kendrick Eagle's message to President Obama.
2. How come Kendrick knows President Obama?
3. What is he asking President Obama now?

Birdbrain

Figaro is a Goffin cockatoo. So are Dolittle, Pipin, and Kiwi. Researchers in Vienna discovered that these birds are quite smart.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • larch wood - wood from a type of tree that is related to pine trees
  • skill - a particular ability
  • transfer a skill - use a skill for a different purpose
  • twig - a small branch of a tree or bush
  • cardboard - a stiff and thick kind of paper
  • beeswax - wax made by bees, used for making candles and other products
  • trim - cut off parts to get the shape you want

First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. The Goffin cockatoo is compared to a human child of what age?

  2. How did Figaro learn to use tools?

  3. How did the other cockatoos in the experiment learn to use tools?

  4. All four birds get a piece of larch wood, a twig, some cardboard, and beeswax.
    For each material, name how many birds could change it into a tool.
Extra question
Do you know where cockatoo Dolittle got his name? If not, find out.

donderdag 17 november 2016

Setting a Record

This week, Simon Barry managed to receive a Guinness World Record’s title.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • in the process - while doing something
  • thrill-seeking - looking for action packed with excitement and extremes
  • dunk - dip a peace of food quickly into coffee, milk, tea, etc. before eating it
  • otherwise - differently
  • nail it - do it exactly as you should or want to
  • settle your nerves - make your nerves calm again
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What did Simon do to receive a Guinness World Records title?

  2. How long was Simon’s bungee chord?

  3. Explain this sentence: "Although it may look easy, Simon says otherwise."

  4. What advice does the voice-over give at the end?

Thanksgiving

On 24 November 2016, people in the U.S. will celebrate Thanksgiving. For many Americans this holiday is just as important as Christmas. They get together with family and friends and have a special dinner.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mix-up - a mistake caused by confusion about something
  • random - without a particular plan or pattern
  • chance encounter - a meeting that is not planned or expected
  • blow up - suddenly become really large or important
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What happened to Jamal in class?

  2. How did Jamal at first explain the mix-up?

  3. What will Jamal be doing on 24 November?

donderdag 10 november 2016

Emojis

The Museum of Modern Art is in New York. This museum now has the original set of emojis.
Watch the video to find out more.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • acquire - buy
  • original - made or produced first
  • cell phone - mobile phone
  • self-explanatory - easy to understand without explanation
  • confined to Japan - only in Japan
  • jack-o'-lantern - a carved pumpkin lantern, typical for the holiday of Halloween
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. How many original emojis are there?

  2. The national phone company introduced the first emojis in what year?

  3. “Emoji” is a combination of two Japanese words.
    What do these two Japanese words mean?

  4. In what year did people outside Japan start to use emojis?

  5. How many emojis are there today?

The President-Elect

Dallas High School students talk about how the election of Donald Trump as president affects their lives.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • mind-set - particular way of thinking; the attitude or set of opinions of a person about something
  • act on what you say - actually do the things you talk about
  • deport - force people to leave a country
  • impact - powerful or big effect
  • basically he’s saying .... - in fact he’s saying ...
  • sexual assault - he crime of touching someone in an unwanted sexual way
  • turmoil - a state of confusion and disorder
  • president-elect - a person who has been elected president but who has not officially become president yet
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Focus on the student speaking from 0:54:
    What would happen if Trump acts on what he has been saying for months?

  2. Focus on the student speaking from 1:13:
    What does this student say about his family?

  3. Focus on the student speaking from 2:08:
    Why should presidents be elected according to this student speaking?

  4. How many students say something positive about the new president-elect?
    Name one of the positive comments.

  5. Which student(s) do you agree with?
    Explain your answer.

donderdag 3 november 2016

Ewww

Daniel Idzkowski lives in San Francisco. He was sick of the many bike thefts in his city. He and his friend decided to do something about it. Now they’ve come up with something.
Watch the video to find out more.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • deterrent - something that makes someone decide not to do something
  • U lock - a bicycle lock shaped like the letter U
  • compromised - harmed or damaged
  • extensively test - do a lot of different tests (to find out if something functions as it should)
  • noxious - very unpleasant; disgusting
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. Explain what happens when somebody tries to break open a Skunk Lock.

  2. How fast can a thief open a regular bike lock?

  3. How many bikes are stolen each year?

  4. Daniel says: “Skunk Lock comes with easy key replacement.”
    Choose the correct meaning:
    a) It is really easy to receive a new key for your Skunk Lock.
    b) It is really easy to switch keys for your Skunk Lock.
    c) You can use any key to open your Skunk Lock.

  5. Listen to the last sentence Daniel says. Eplain what it means.

Extra words assignment
- Explain the name “Skunk Lock”.
  If you don’t understand the name, look up “skunk” in the dictionary.
- Name a word you can use to replace the underlined word:
  “We all know that gut-wrenching feeling of coming back and your bike’s gone.”

2016 Word of the Year

“Brexit” has been named word of the year by the dictionary publisher Collins. Rupert Evelyn of ITV News asks people their opinion on this.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • ginger - a light reddish or reddish-brown color
  • ponder - think about something carefully
  • plethora - a very large amount or number
  • remorse - a feeling of being sorry for doing something bad or wrong in the past
  • spot-on - completely correct
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does “Brexit” sound according to the girl with the black hat?

  2. Why is it useful to have the word “Brexit” according to the ginger-haired guy?

  3. What does “Bremorse” mean?

  4. How is “Brexit” similar to “Watergate”?

donderdag 20 oktober 2016

Plain Sailing

Benji Edwards has just returned home from an amazing trip. He set sail at the start of July. Watch the video to find out where he has been since then.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • justified - with good reason
  • uneventful - having nothing exciting, interesting, or unusual happening
  • worthy cause - a specific, good goal
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.

  1. How many months did Benji’s sailing trip take?

  2. Which records did Benji break?

  3. What happened when Benji went ashore at the North Pole?

  4. For what worthy cause did they sail around the North Pole?

Extra assignment
Trace Benji’s travels on a globe or world map.

Party Animals

Things are heating up on U.S. Elections. It’s the Republican Party against the Democratic Party. Have you noticed any symbols of these two main parties?

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • represent - be a sign or symbol of someone or something
  • stubborn - refusing to change your ideas or to stop doing something
  • tough - strong and very certain
  • determination - a quality that makes you keep trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
  • opposing - fighting or competing against each other
  • issues - important subjects or topics
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.


  1. What animal is the symbol for the Democratic Party?
    In what year did they use this symbol for the first time?

  2. What animal is the symbol for the Republican Party?
    In what year did they use this symbol for the first time?

  3. Name 2 good qualities of donkeys.

  4. What keeps changing in American politics, but what has stayed the same for many years now?

Extra words assignment
Explain the meaning of the underlined expressions:
1. “They made fun of his name .”
2. “Jackson turned the insult around.”

donderdag 13 oktober 2016

Bob Dylan

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. No songwriter has won the prestigious award before.
A famous song by Bob Dylan is “Blowin’ in the Wind”. In this song about peace, war and freedom, Dylan questions why people don’t realize how pointless war is. The words of the song are not really difficult. But together they form sentences with complex meanings. The song was released in 1963.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • pointless - having no meaning, purpose, or effect
  • chorus - a part of a song that is repeated between verses; also called refrain
  • metaphor - a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to suggest that they are similar
  • cannon - a heavy metal or stone ball that is shot from a cannon
  • ban - to forbid people from using something
  • pretend - to act as if something is true when it is not true
First read the assignment. Next listen to Dylan singing “Blowin’ in the Wind” in the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How many questions does Dylan ask?

  2. What is the effect of all these similar questions one after the other?

  3. “How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?”
    What does the dove in this metaphor symbolize?

  4. The chorus tells us where to find the answer to all the questions:
    “The answer is blowing in the wind.”
    Discuss what this could mean.

  5. Think of 2 or more questions that could fit in the song.
    Write them in the same way:
    “How many ....... must ........................ before ..................................?”

Extra speaking assignment
1 Listen here to Tom Conti, Miranda Hart, Samuel West and Nigel Havers reading Dylan’s lyrics.
2 They read lines from different songs. Find out from which songs.

Extra discussion assignment
1 Some people think lyrics cannot be seen as poetry. Do you agree with that?
2 Explain your point of view in writing or in a class discussion.

Creepy Clowns

Horror clowns, creepy clowns, killer clowns ... They are all over the news. Not just in our country. The clowns also show up in the UK and the US. The Bee family ran into a scary clown as well. Look what happened next.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • creepy - strange or scary, making you feel afraid
  • punk - a worthless person; an aggressive, rude young man
  • handle a situation - to deal with a situation successfully
First read the assignment. Next watch the video. Take notes to help you do the assignment.



  1. How does Mr Bee say that he will handle the situation?

  2. What do the clowns in Mr Bee's town do?

  3. What’s not cool according to Mr Bee?

  4. What does Mr Bee say about Halloween?

  5. Who scares the clown off?

Extra speaking assignment
1 Watch the video once more.
2 Retell the story in your own words.

donderdag 6 oktober 2016

Hurricane Matthew

A super powerful hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, has caused a lot of damage, and some deaths in the Carribean and along the East Coast of the US. The video shows how Florida prepared for the arrival of the hurricane.

Read the following words and phrases and their definitions.
  • evacuate - leave a dangerous place
  • storm surge - a large wave of water caused by strong winds
  • inland flooding - when a large amount of water covers areas of land that are usually dry
    power outages - periods of time when there is no electricity in a building or area
  • power - the electricity that people use
First read assignment 1. Next watch the video.



Assignment 1
Fill in the missing numbers:
  1. “More than .................... million people from Florida to the Carolinas have been urged to evacuate ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.”
  2. Hurricane Matthew is “expected to be a category .................... storm when it makes landfall.”
  3. “Hurricane Matthew is expected to bring up more than .................... mile-per-hour winds, a .................... to 9 foot storm surge, inland flooding, and power outages.
  4. Matthew hit the island nation of Haiti “leaving at least .................... people dead and more than .................... homes flooded.”

Assignment 2
First read the questions. Next watch the video once more. Make notes to help you answer the questions.
  1. Governor Rick Scott warns the people of Florida: “Evacuate, evacuate, evacuate. Be prepared, don't take a chance.”
    Explain the meaning of the underlined phrase.

  2. Fill in the missing word:
    “Time is running .......”
    What does this phrase mean?

  3. What will millions of people living on the East Coast lose?
    What does this actually mean?
    Give 2 or more examples.

  4. On what day of the week did Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti?